Rapha Mobile Cycle Club coming to road.cc and you're all invited

Fancy a cup of coffee this Friday afternoon? Come and join us at Rapha's Mobile Cycle Club…it's gonna be epic

by Tony Farrelly   October 2, 2011  

Rapha Mobile Cycling Club at road.cc.jpg

Rapha are coming to visit us at road.cc this Friday and they're bringing their Mobile Cycle Club with them… so we thought you might like to ride out and join us for a Friday afternoon coffee*… the man in charge makes a mean espresso, we might even run to some cakes. You're going to have to earn them though we've arranged to meet Rapha and their mobile club on top of one of the bigger hills in these parts… there is though a cracking descent back down in to Bath.

The hill in question is Bannerdown; Bath's own version of the Kemmelberg which is the old Roman Road heading NE towards Cirencester from Batheaston on the outskirts of Bath. It isn't straight though except for the run along the top which can get a quiet er, blowy. Target time is 2pm and we'll be there for a couple of hours or so, hanging out and talking interlocked seams if you fancy joining us. At the moment we're torn between meeting the van at the top of the hill or further along the straight…depends how many people look like turning up, 'cos obviously we want to keep things safe… so we'll keep you posted on it's exact location during the week.

It'll be here or hereabouts, anyway...

If you're planning to come comment in below - it'll at least give us an idea of how many biscuits to bring. Oh and there will be some sort of prize** for anyone (who isn't us) turning up in road.cc kit.

Rapha have been driving their Mobile Cycle Club around Europe's big races all season, and we were lucky enough to catch up with it for an excellent round of espressos at Eurobike recently. Last week it was in Copenhagen for the Road World Championships and it really is something special - definitely worth the price of a hill.

Rapha Mobile Cycle Club, Bannerdown Hill, Bath, Friday October 7th 2011 from 2pm-4pmish

* If hundreds of you turn up, or possibly even tens coffee might be on more of a first come first served basis… there's only so much caffeine based goodness one man and an espresso machine can be expected to produce in two or so hours.

** not sure what it is yet

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Target time is 2pm? So where do we meet... not much info given!

posted by x8swift9x [15 posts]
3rd October 2011 - 0:31


We'll put more info on later when we're sure, but i've added a map with the approximate location for you

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7857 posts]
3rd October 2011 - 9:07

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I'll be there... unemployment has to have SOME advantages!

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posted by G-bitch [320 posts]
3rd October 2011 - 10:44

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Most likely the Mobile Club will park up in the lay by at the top of the climb… and that's where we'll meet it's easily big enough for the van my only worry was the unlikely event that hundreds of riders turned up and were spilling out on to the road… but that's not going to happen is it

Look forward to seeing you there G-bitch!

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
3rd October 2011 - 10:55

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Coffee and a cap? Wouldn't miss it for the world - see you there...


posted by bumsonbikes [24 posts]
3rd October 2011 - 14:54

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Working from home friday so planning on a late lunch break to join you for some caffeine Big Grin

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posted by Skardy [98 posts]
3rd October 2011 - 18:51


myself and another will be along- advantage of working in a bike shop!

posted by Becci S [6 posts]
4th October 2011 - 8:06

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sounds great, will definitely come along. no excuse really as i live in batheaston! Cool


posted by dansymonds [1 posts]
4th October 2011 - 9:59

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Modern fabrics, technical garments, but that photo looks like it was taken with a 19th Century camera and an uncoated lens that has been kept in a damp cupboard.

Crappy road surface too. Perhaps they're pushing some cyclo-cross gear this season...

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posted by Simon E [2418 posts]
4th October 2011 - 15:29


Shame it's on a Friday and I've got to work Sad Would've liked a look at their kit close-up.

Make it a weekend next time..........

posted by BikerBob [116 posts]
4th October 2011 - 20:08

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I'll come up the hill for coffee!

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posted by Large_Pista [52 posts]
4th October 2011 - 21:25


I LOVE Coffee and I can realy need a Cap for the coming winter. Yeas Pleas Nerd

Wish U Nice Trails

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posted by Powerman61 [6 posts]
4th October 2011 - 21:44


Hi Dave. Jez at CS here; I'll be there on Friday. Can't miss the opportunity to neck a free coffee at the top of my favourite climb in Bath.

posted by jalmaak [1 posts]
4th October 2011 - 22:59

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Free stuff??? Yessssssssssss!!!

And a joke? Ok then....

Cyclist goes to the doctor:

Cyclist : Doc, I have a sore knee.
Doc : Hmmm, you are going to have to stop masturbating.
Cyclist : But doc, why??
Doc : Because I am trying to examine you.

Du dum tish Smile

Oose. Better than dust.

posted by Oosels [26 posts]
5th October 2011 - 11:41

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I'll be there as long as:
1. I can slope off work early
2. the other half lets me out
3. I can get to the top of the hill

If that ride is important to you, you'll find a way to get it in!

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posted by road slapper [95 posts]
5th October 2011 - 16:42

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Yep I think I have made a slot of time available in my busy day to slope off for a cycle ride Cool

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posted by john.berry [22 posts]
5th October 2011 - 20:17


Could well be there, living close by.

posted by youngoldbloke [100 posts]
6th October 2011 - 8:43


Will be there if I can slope off from work early. Drove up there tonight on the way home to scope it out, it goes on a bit doesn't it!

posted by sneakerfrfeak [94 posts]
6th October 2011 - 20:56

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Looking forward to it.

posted by rich_c [7 posts]
7th October 2011 - 10:35


Great ride out, great to meet you all..

Really great that you arranged such nice weather Smile

See you all next time Cool

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posted by john.berry [22 posts]
7th October 2011 - 16:17


Bugger– work strikes again...

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posted by Large_Pista [52 posts]
10th October 2011 - 11:19